New Buckingham Palace gin is made with ingredients from the Queen’s garden

Are your summer drinks lacking regal finesse?

Well, an official Buckingham Palace gin has gone on sale – made with ingredients handpicked from the Queen’s garden.

The Royal Collection Trust has launched a London Dry gin in its shops, priced at £40 for a 70cl bottle. The spirit will also be served at future events at the Palace.

The gin, which has a citrussy and herbal kick to it, is made up of 12 botanicals – many of which have been collected from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.

The Royal Collection Trust’s website offers a serving suggestion, stating: ‘For the perfect summer thirst-quencher, the recommended serving method is to pour a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon.’

Naturally, the bottle has a decadent feel to it. It has a clear and turquoise colour scheme and features a ring of flowers entwined in a decorative gold circle on the front, along with a sketch of Buckingham Palace on the back.

All sales from the gin will go towards Royal Collection Trust – a charity which maintains and displays the large collection of royal artefacts.

It’s hoped this will help give the charity a much-needed boost, after suffering financial difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, the trust has taken out a £22 million loan (after predicting losses of £30 million) and is seeking voluntary redundancies among its 650 staff.

Of course, we know the Queen herself is partial to a gin cocktail.

Her favourite is said to be gin and Dubonnet – one part gin and two parts Dubonnet, with ice cubes and a slice of lemon – a drink she often enjoys before lunch.

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